Daniel and the Worm Hole

A website which bears the running title “A Brief History of Time…In Advance” was drawn to my attention by a student. It includes gems like this: “The Einstein Method reveals that Daniel received words from outside time-space through the Archangel Gabriel.” Since the website claims to be based on a book by someone named John [Read More...]

Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more...]

Selective Supernaturalism

If one looks online for sources discussing the date of the Book of Daniel (and a number of other Biblical texts where the same issues arise), one is bound to come across conservative works which inevitably accuse scholars who date those works later than they do of “anti-supernaturalism.” Unless one rejects the possibility of predictive [Read More...]

Lecture on the Book of Revelation

The last class topic of the semester, this lecture begins with a bit of background about apocalyptic literature such as the Book of Daniel, covers general points about the Book of Revelation, and then tackles the number of the Beast, mentioning some prior proposed identifications both frivolous and serious. [Read more...]

Is Modern Christianity Too Egotistically Focused on the Afterlife?

I will be blogging over the coming days and weeks about many of the topics that I touch on in my book, The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, which is now for sale at Amazon.com for just $2.99. One of the topics I address is the focus (some might [Read More...]

Ancient Monotheistic Worship: Sacrifice and Prostration

Ben Witherington reminded us of a recent post on Larry Hurtado’s blog about ancient monotheistic worship. It usefully points out that the defining factor of Jewish piety was not always expressed by means of a creedal statement, but often simply took the form of a refusal to worship any other than God. Note how often [Read More...]